HAIKOU -- Eighteen Chinese fishermen, whose
fishing vessel capsized on Thursday morning in South China Sea, have been
rescued in Malaysia, the foreign affairs office of south China's Hainan Province
said on Saturday.
The ship suddenly broke down at 6:30 a.m. Thursday when it was sailing in the
Nansha offshore area. They shortly lost contact with local public security
All the 18 fishermen managed to flee the sinking ship and escaped in two life
boats. They were rescued by Malaysian police at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, according
to information from the embassy of China in Malaysia.
The 18 Chinese people will be consigned to Malaysian immigration bureau and
then sent to China, said the embassy sources.
Most of the crew are villagers from the Tanmen Town in Qionghai City of
China's southernmost island province of Hainan.